Scott's One Minute of Brilliance

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic
Scott outsmarts the teacher.

Submitted: August 09, 2019

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I grew up in Claremont California in the 1970s. There were several Scotts in my childhood. There was Scott V, the clever deviant who routinely outwitted his teachers.  There was Scott F, who once saved my life (you can read about him in one of my other essays).  This note is about another Scott, who was never known for his academic abilities.  He needed glasses to see well, but he never wore them.  He didn’t pay attention in class, and he never did his homework.  His reading ability was very limited. Once, while we were taking a standardized test in 6th grade, I remember glancing to my side to see that Scott, who was sitting on the other side of room, was filling in the bubbles on the scantron form without even reading the questions! Yet, Scott was a latent genius who showed off his talents several years later in high school.

In our first year at Claremont High, I witnessed a very amusing conversation between Scott and one of our teachers.  I don’t remember who it was.  I think it was a science teacher—perhaps Mr. Sigler or Mr.  Trautner.  (Luckily for Scott and the rest of us, it was not the crazy chemistry teacher.) The conversation was regarding Mr. Cox, one of the school’s counselors.

Scott: “Hey, I need to go to Mr. Cock’s office.”

Teacher: “You mean, Mr. Cox’s office.”

Scott: “That’s right, Mr. Cock’s office.  I need to talk to him.”

Teacher: “No! It’s Mr. Cox’s office.”

Scott: “That’s what I said: Mr. Cock’s office.”

The teacher eventually rolled his eyes, accepted that he had been had, and decided not to continue the conversation.  Scott kept a straight face throughout.  School was not his thing, but Scott certainly had his talents.


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